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The Genesis Flood: The Biblical Record and Its Scientific Implications Paperback – October 20, 1982

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"The Genesis Flood is as timely, thought-provoking, and helpful as ever. A tour de force and a must-read resource for pastors, teachers, scientists, and anyone who is troubled by the conflict between the biblical account of creation and the ever-changing claims of modern evolutionary theory." --John MacArthur, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California

"The publishing of The Genesis Flood fifty years ago is the recognized birth-date of a movement blessed by God, and this classic work is also now recognized as a monumental milestone in the fight against compromise in the church and for biblical inerrancy in general during our skeptical modern era." --Ken Ham, President, Answers in Genesis and The Creation Museum

"This book remains a classic work that is a must-read for those who would be informed and equip themselves both to stand on the authority of God's Word in every area of life and knowledge and to defend their Christian faith." --Andrew Snelling, BSc (Applied Geology), PhD (Geochemical Geology) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

John C. Whitcomb studied at Princeton University and has a PhD from Grace Theological Seminary.

Henry M. Morris was president of the Institute for Creation Research, Santee, California. He studied at Rice University, obtained his PhD from the University of Minnesota, and served on the faculties of several major universities. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 518 pages
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing (October 20, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875523382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875523385
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #943,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. John C. Whitcomb is a prolific author and captivating speaker as well as a highly regarded professor of Old Testament and Christian theology for more than 60 years. He taught at Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana, from 1951 to 1990. He is also known as a superb and gracious speaker on a wide range of apologetics topics.

Dr. Whitcomb's most famous work, The Genesis Flood (coauthored in 1961 with the late Dr. Henry Morris), is widely acknowledged by friend and foe alike as having had a significant part in igniting the modern creationist movement around the world (somewhat surprising, given that the book was primarily about the other major event in the book of Genesis: Noah's Flood).

Among Dr. Whitcomb's other published works are The World That Perished and The Early Earth, and commentaries on Esther and Daniel. Additionally, he has authored six widely circulated comprehensive Bible charts, numerous multimedia slides, and countless biblical and theological articles.

He graduated with honors from Princeton University in 1948 with a BA degree, majoring in ancient and European history. At the end of his freshman year at Princeton, he was led to Christ by Dr. Donald B. Fullerton, a former missionary to India.

In 1951, he graduated from Grace Theological Seminary with the BD degree (high honors) and received the ThM degree in 1953 and ThD degree in 1957 from the same institution. From 1951 to 1990, he taught in the Department of Old Testament and also in the Department of Christian Theology, in which he served as chairman for many of these years. For twenty years he also served as Director of Doctoral Studies, and for ten years as Editor of Grace Theological Journal.

From 1962 to 1990, he was President of the Board of Spanish World Gospel Missions, Inc., and served on the Board of Trustees of Grace Brethren Foreign Missions (Rev. John W. Zielasko, Executive Director) for twenty years, several of these years as Chairman of the Board.

Dr. Whitcomb lived in China three years (1927-30), served his country in Europe (1944-46), visited mission stations in Peru (1950), helped in the establishment of a church in Puerto Rico under the auspices of Grace Brethren Foreign Missions (1958-59), helped at an extension program for Grace Seminary in France (1958-89), and has lectured in Canada, Latin America, Western Europe, Central African Republic, the Far East, and in most states of the United States. He has been on two study tours of the Holy Land (1952, 1982).

Dr. Whitcomb now serves as president of Whitcomb Ministries, Inc., and resides in Indianapolis with his wife Norma. His life and ministry may be summed up in this quotation: "I want to be in the full-time business of finding out what God says and telling as many people as I can."

See more information http://www.whitcombministries.org

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39 of 49 people found the following review helpful By F. Gwin on February 8, 2012
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For those of you who don't know this, The Genesis Flood was the book that started the modern day creationist movement which has haunted naturalists and/or atheists ever since. This book was a fantastic read and I heartily recommend it to everyone who is even remotely interested in naturalism or creationism.

This version of the book (50th anniversary) begins with the story of the book being written, and is itself written by John Whitcomb (Henry Morris passed a few years ago). Then the meat of the book begins.

The book starts out with arguments for a universal flood, which are contrast to many views that were held between 1800-1960, such as the gap, day-age, and local flood theories. After that, the authors delve into a brief history of uniformitarianism, starting with Cuvier and ending with Lyell/Darwin.

This is where the subject of geology begins, and continues throughout the rest of the book. The book is very thorough, and covers everything from strata, sediment layers, and fossils to the atmosphere, radiocarbon dating methods, radiation levels after the flood, and far, far more!

Here is a quick excerpt from the book:
"'Condensation does not begin until the water vapor has a suitable surface on which to condense.' Consequently [before the Deluge] the higher levels of the troposphere would be virtually free of salt particles and other potential condensation nuclei. Thus such a vapor canopy could be maintained indefinitely, until something happened to mix it with the cold gases of the stratosphere and to supply meteoric or other particles for nucleation."

This book is worth anyone's time and money. It's a great read that will not leave you disappointed!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Johndolph on August 25, 2014
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This is a classic and deeply thought out work. It is well worth reading through the remarkably detailed researched conclusions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vernon L. Morgan on June 28, 2014
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this book gives a whole new understanding of the flood and the after effect
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80 of 113 people found the following review helpful By John Woodmorappe on December 3, 1999
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A classic! Friends and foes of Biblical truth both agree that this seminal book was largely responsible for triggering the modern revival of interest in creationism.
Even though most of its scientific content has been superceded by more recent creation science, it still provides a useful framework for understanding Flood Geology. The theological portion of this book is invaluable for showing the incorrectness of compromising evangelicals who try to twist Scripture to make it fit a local flood instead of the indisputably global Noachian Deluge. A must read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Ryder on September 22, 2014
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If you think the evidence for a world wide flood is just a few marine fossils here and there on mountain peaks think again. This book will show how massive canyons were formed all around the earth how the geological formations around the earth can only be explained by a flood and how fossils really form. Henry Morris and John Whitcomb make a very convincing case
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67 of 96 people found the following review helpful By "striped_knees" on March 16, 2003
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Had you asked me a year ago, I would have said that the Biblical story of Noah could not possibly be taken literally. Now I have been forced to reconsider my position.
The authors did what I have never seen or heard before: used the scientific evidence rather than ignoring it. One question I would like to pose for the casual reader: how is it possible we have massive fossil deposits of extinct animals (dinosaurs, et cetera) from millions of years ago, yet no fossil deposits of modern animals? That is a question that made me wonder why I hadn't heard it before.
Despite the statements of some reviewers, who based on their reviews didn't seem to have read the book in depth, the authors do use scientific evidence to back up their position. It isn't the usual assertion that we must believe the Bible because the Bible says so.
I would recommend this book to everyone; and I plan to present these arguments to geologists and challenge them to refute them.
Of course, you should read this for yourself before you decide.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By randy myers on September 11, 2013
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Think godless evolution has all the answers? Think again. Morris and Whitcomb's classic work "The Genesis Flood" combines excellent scholarship with solid principles from the realm of science and scripture to systematically evaluate the Bibles claim that of a great, worldwide flood as recorded in Genesis. How did early theologians fall for a "bait and switch" scheme that resulted in the rise of evolutionary thought in the realm of science? What is uniformitarianism and how does its flaws poke huge holes in the theory of evolution? Why does the mere presence of so many preserved fossils (much less huge mass graves of every conceivable type of animal) support a Genesis flood? This is THE work that moved key apologists such as Answers in Genesis' Ken Ham and others to begin equipping believers with the answers to stand strong in their faith in the midst of the creation / evolution debate. An excellent resource for seekers and mature believers alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 50 REVIEWER on October 14, 2011
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Henry M. Morris (1918-2006) was one of the foremost biblical creationists of the late 20th century; he was also the author/coauthor of books such as The Scientific Case for Creation, Scientific Creationism, What Is Creation Science?, etc. John Clement Whitcomb, Jr. (born 1924) is an Old Testament theologian and young Earth creationist, who has also written books such as The World That Perished, The Early Earth-An Introduction to Biblical Creationism, etc.

This 1961 book essentially jump-started the modern "young earth"/Flood Geology aspect of the creationist movement. The authors wrote in the Introduction, "Our present study therefore has a twofold purpose. In the first place, we desire to ascertain exactly what the Scriptures say concerning the Flood and related topics. We do this from the perspective of full belief in the complete divine inspiration and perspicuity of Scripture... The second purpose is to examine the anthropological, geological, hydrological and other scientific implications of the Biblical record of the Flood, seeking if possible to orient the data of these sciences within this Biblical framework.
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